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One of the biggest complaints among university students is the rate at which we go through texts in a semester – it’s too fast if you ask me. I would love to learn about Greek tragedy, Austen’s novels and the Regency period, about the modernisation of male and female clothing and the in and outs of a radio studio. When I say learn, I mean enjoy and absorb the content and practical knowledge which is being offered.

But the reality is, I could focus every ounce of my energy towards uni (never mind having a social life, earning any money or networking online) and it would still be too fast paced.

We consume texts, readings, information, knowledge…like popping a different pill each week.

I understand that lecturers are enthusiastic and want us to learn as much as possible, but perhaps if they allowed us to enjoy our novels, plays and readings, it would mean less bluffing in tutorials and more engagement with our material.

Then again, my bluffing skills are becoming quite honed. Will that be handy for the workforce?

What do you wish you had more time to explore and enjoy? 

 

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Buying myself a chunky set of headphones, I pay for them at the counter and hooray for getting them at 1/3 of their original price – I asked that they be thrown in with my netbook purchase. On reflection though, it has occurred to me that I didn’t choose them for their sound quality, or so much their size – but what they signified to me.

I have noticed a trend which has seen a rise in the chunky headphone ‘look’ – Yes! : I saw my new head phones as a fashion accessory. To give myself some credit, I did actually need them and they were not purchased without considerable thought beforehand. Nevertheless my first action was not to test them out on my laptop, iPod or any media player.

I stood in front of my mirror, hung them around my neck, put them over my ears and manipulated the cord so that it hung onto my belt in the perfect position. Sure, they do look rather chunky, but I have chosen to overlook that issue.

It might seem foolish to some, but I liked the idea of matching them to my new netbook and creating the whole ‘techno look’ …OR maybe this whole trend is of my imagining and I will look like a computer geek. Unfortunately I have no idea about programming computers, let alone hack into anything. At least for me, the headphones have become signifiers for the technologically adept… the semiotics of fashion can be so ambiguous! 

Have you ever bought something for a different reason than its intended use?

(Oh yes! I have actually used a coat hanger and twisted it around so that it holds my earrings – like a stand. Technically I didn’t buy the hanger though!)

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Here is part of an Obituary for “The Late Mr Common Sense”, which I recently read in a local school newsletter.

“Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

Common sense lost the will to live: when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault; when schools were required to get parental permission to administer sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; when a teacher was fined for reprimanding an unruly student; after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot – she spilled a little onto her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was predeceased by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason.

Common Sense is survived by three step-brothers: I know my rights, Someone else is to blame and I’m a victim.

Not many attended the funeral, because so few realised he was gone.” – Author Unknown

  

Common Sense, Truth, Trust, Discretion, Responsibility and Reason… Where have you gone?

It seems like the harder I try to practice these virtues, the more I get knocked back; for I am either patronised or mocked by some of my peers.

Perhaps the notion that “bad girls/boys have more fun” is something worth taking a closer look at. For some people, working to gain trust, practising truth and being wary of over self-indulgent behaviour might not seem worth the effort. It is certainly more difficult to practice responsibility, especially as it seems to connote a lack of excitement and adventure. We love to push other people to try something new, to test ‘the limits’ and see how far they will go to gain the approval of others.

Perhaps it is not too late for Mr. Common Sense to rise again. Although…if Common Sense and Logic are closely related, I don’t have much hope for myself! I’ll just have to work on Trust et al.

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